The first black soldier to reach the rank of Regimental Master Sergeant in the Queen’s elite bodyguard was arrested by Flying Squad on suspicion of stealing ammunition.
Cartland Gil, the most senior enlisted soldier in the Coldstream Guards Rhagades, was attacked Thursday by firearms police and the Constitutional Corps.
Master Sergeant Gil is understood to deny cheating.
The son of a Jamaican fisherman was talked about last year when a groundbreaking promotion was announced.
His commander, Lieutenant Colonel David Marsham, welcomed him at the time as “a trial-and-error soldier with a perfect service record.”
The 40-year-old sergeant, who met Queen twice in his 20-year career, was one of two sergeants arrested at different addresses in Berkshire on Thursday.
The arrest sent a shock wave to the regiment, whose soldiers guarded the Queen at Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.
The chief sergeant, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, worked as a sergeant in charge of supplying the regiment at the time of his arrest.
He was scheduled to take on his new role later this year.
The police said: “Two British Army soldiers have been arrested on suspicion of firearm crime.
“The Mets Flying Squad detective, backed by the British Constitutional Corps and the Defense Ministry Police, attended two separate addresses in Berkshire.
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“A man in his thirties and a man in his forties were arrested on suspicion of possession of ammunition and a plot of theft.
“They were taken to a nearby police station and remained in custody there.”
A MOD spokesperson said: “We can see that two soldiers have been arrested on suspicion of firearm crime. We are supporting the Metropolitan Police Department’s investigation.”
Queen’s Elite Bodyguard’s First Black Regiment Master Sergeant Arrested for Stealing Ammunition
SourceQueen’s Elite Bodyguard’s First Black Regiment Master Sergeant Arrested for Stealing Ammunition